14 Facts You Must Know On Rajya Sabha


Rajya Sabha also known as the upper house of the Indian Parliament has many facts that you might not know but you must know. Here they are:

  1. Membership is limited till 250 out of which 12 are nominated by the President for their work in fields like arts, science ,social services and literature.
  2. The remaining posts are selected by state and territorial legislature.
  3. Rajya Sabha never dissolves completely because one third of its members retire after every two years although each member enjoys a term of 6 years.
  4. It meets on continuous sessions because it never dissolves like lok sabha.
    Rajya Sabha
  5. Incase of a serious conflict between both the hoses a join session is held but till date only three such sessions have been held.
  6. Lok sabha is more powerful than Rajya Sabha because of the amount of people.
  7. The Vice-President is the ex-officio chairman of the Rajya Sabha.
  8. In the absence of chairman Deputy Chairman is considered to be chairman and follows his duties.
  9. The salaries of both the members is the same.
  10. Qualifications Required To Be A Member

    • Indian Citizenship.
    • Age should be 30 or more
    • The person should be elected by the Legislative Assembly of States and Union Territories by means of single transferable vote through proportional representative.
  11. The quorum is of 25 members that means there should be a minimum of 25 members the proceed the meet.
  12. Rajya Sabha cannot pass Confidence Motion.
  13. The Firsts of The Rajya Sabha

    1. First Chairman -Dr. S. Radhakrishnan
    2. First constitution -on 3rd April 1952
    3. First meet -13th May 1952
    4. First Deputy Chairman -Shri S. V. Krishnamoorthy Rao
    5. First woman nominated -Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale


  14. The Current Members of The Rajya Sabha

    1. Chairman -Shri Mohammad Hamid Ansari
    2. Deputy Chairman -Prof. P. J. Kurien
    3. Leader of the oppositon -Shri Arun Jaitley
    4. Secretary General of Rajya Sabha -Shri Shumsher K. Sheriff



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Shreya Karania
A first year management student from Mumbai.